Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, feminist, and activist. She is the author of 7 books and over a dozen plays, including The Vagina Monologues, and has been dubbed “the most important piece of political theater of the last decade” by the New York Times. Her experiences writing and performing the Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. In 2012, Eve initiated ONE BILLION RISING which has run now for seven years and is the largest mass action campaign against violence against women and girls. 


Laura Flanders is a New York Times best-selling author of BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians and hosts the weekly broadcast show The Laura Flanders Show, where she interviews forward-thinking people from the worlds of politics, business, culture and social movements about the key questions of our day. She is also a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine and a regular guest on MSNBC.


Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University. Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the recipient of the 2002 Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Prize for his book Exodus! Professor Glaude’s work also includes African American Religious Thought: An Anthology, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America. He is also a columnist for Time Magazine and regularly provides commentary on radio and television news programs like Democracy Now!, Morning Joe, and the 11th Hour. 


Ai-jen Poo is a labor activist, plus the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is also the co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working to transform the long-term care system in the US, with a focus on the needs of aging Americans, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. She is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award.  In February 2015, The New Press released her book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. 


Dorothy Roberts is a leading scholar on race, gender, bioethics, and the law. She holds appointments in the Africana Studies, Law & Sociology departments at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the founding director of the UPenn Program on Race, Science, and Society. Her work has been central to the development of Black feminist thought, and she is the author of award-winning books such as Killing the Black Body, Shattered Bonds, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re­-create Race in the Twenty­-First Century.


Alvin Starks is a progressive racial justice thinker, writer, and strategist that works in the fields of philanthropy and racial justice advocacy to address issues of systemic inequality.  Alvin’s visionary leadership and innovative philanthropic research supports a new generation of ideas and organizations to explore the intersections of human rights, racial justice, cross-movement building and gender equity. For over 8 years, Alvin worked at the Open Society Institute and in 2004 created and directed the Open Society Institute’s Racial Justice Initiative that focuses on dismantling the structural and systemic barriers that perpetuate racial and class exclusion in our nation.